Fort Lauderdale Strikers (1988–94)

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Fort Lauderdale Strikers
Full name Fort Lauderdale Strikers
Nickname(s) Strikers
Founded

1987
(Previously Minnesota Strikers)

1990
(merged with Orlando Lions (1988-90), retaining name)
Dissolved 1994
(New Strikers in USISL)
Ground Lockhart Stadium
Pompano Beach Municipal Stadium (7 games in 1990)
Royal Palm Polo Club, Boca Raton (5 games in 1990)
Owner(s) United States Joe Robbie
Noel Lemon
League

American Soccer League (1988-1989)

American Professional Soccer League (1990-1994)

The Fort Lauderdale Strikers were an American soccer team established in 1988 as part of the third American Soccer League. In 1990, it moved to the American Professional Soccer League where it spent five seasons before folding in 1994. The Strikers won the 1989 ASL championship.

History[edit]

In October 1987, the American Soccer League announced that it had awarded a franchise to Joe Robbie which would be located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Robbie, who owned the Minnesota Strikers of the Major Indoor Soccer League announced his intentions of resurrecting the name Fort Lauderdale Strikers and hired Wim Suurbier to coach the team. The team played their home games in Lockhart Stadium.[1] In their first season, the Strikers stormed the ASL, finishing with a 14-6 record, best in the league, before falling to the Washington Diplomats in the finals. In 1988, Robbie later sold his share in the team to Noel Lemon. In January 1989, Suurbier resigned as coach to be replaced by Thomas Rongen. In their second season the Strikers did almost as well, finishing the season at 12-8. They went on to defeat the Boston Bolts for the 1989 championship. This qualified them for the first American national outdoor soccer championship since the collapse of the North American Soccer League in 1984. On September 9, 1989, the Strikers defeated the San Diego Nomads of the Western Soccer League, 3-1, to win the title.[2] Following that game, the ASL merged with the WSL to form the American Professional Soccer League. They would play five more years in that league. For the 1990 season seven home games were played at Pompano Beach Municipal Stadium and five at the Royal Palm Polo Club in Boca Raton,[3] after the Broward School Board denied the team access to Lockhart Stadium.[4][5][6] In January 1991, the Strikers merged with the Orlando Lions. The combined team retained the Strikers name, uniforms and staff.[7] Soon after Lemons sold the team to Bryan Lockwood.

The team had an ongoing rivalry with the Tampa Bay Rowdies that stemmed from Robbie's previous Strikers team's rivalry with same Rowdies, while playing in the NASL.[8][9]

Kit[edit]

When they first played in 1988, the Strikers played in a cream shirt with white sleeves and black shorts with white socks. That kit has been used as their home kit from that time until they dissolved.

Their away kit from 1988- 1990 was a red shirt and white shorts with white socks. After their second game in the 1990 season, they switched to an all-white kit and played in that until 1994 when they dissolved.

Year-by-year[edit]

Year Division League Reg. Season Playoffs Open Cup
1988 N/A ASL 1st, Southern Final Did not enter
1989 N/A ASL 2nd, Southern Champion Did not enter
1990 N/A APSL 1st, ASL South Final Did not enter
1991 N/A APSL 1st, American Semifinals Did not enter
1992 N/A APSL 4th Semifinals Did not enter
1993 N/A APSL 6th Did not qualify Did not enter
1994 2 APSL 5th Did not qualify Did not enter

Coaches[edit]

Notable players[edit]

This list of former players includes those who received international caps while playing for the team, made significant contributions to the team in terms of appearances or goals, or who made significant contributions to the sport either before they played for the team, or after they left. It is clearly not yet complete and all inclusive, and additions and refinements will continue to be made over time.

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